Bradford now has it’s very own Air Cadet Squadron!
37 Squadron is a part of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
The Unit is sponsored by Branch 521 Royal Canadian Legion
During the early part of 2018, the Bradford Legion began the process of forming a new air cadet squadron in Bradford. During that time, Major Stephen Case, CD was approached to act as the unit’s commanding officer. He was able to staff up the proposed unit with Captain Rosanne Case, CD, Captain Jennifer Johnson, CD and Captain J-P Johnson, CD.
Because of the size of Bradford, and the proximity to Newmarket, it was decided that the unit would stand up as a satellite of 94 Newmarket Squadron as 37 Bradford Flight with Major Case as the Officer Commanding.
The flight recruited cadets and successfully completed the 2018-2019 training year. On 19 August 2019, 37 Flight became 37 Orville Hand Squadron with Major Case becoming the first Commanding Officer of the new Squadron.
The 2019-2020 training year was interrupted by the COVID -19 lockdowns however, the squadron moved online for the 2020-2021 and most of the 2021-2022 training year. We returned to in-person training in the spring of 2022.
Cadets are supervised and trained by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and civilian volunteers from the Bradford community. The Commanding Officer and his officer team have decades of experience at several of the top units in Ontario and are excited to bring their experience to the province’s newest cadet program!
Royal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. There is something for everyone – no matter what their personal interests may be. The outdoor enthusiast will appreciate learning survival skills for flight crew. The athlete will appreciate physical education and recreation, including a variety of sporting activities like biathlon and Olympic-style marksmanship. The artists will find their niche in the music program.
The curious will appreciate the hands-on activities such as building model aircraft. The scholarly will appreciate an introduction to the various tools and technologies linked to aviation. The dreamers will appreciate the evolution of technology and the advancements of the aerospace era, including the importance of Canadian participation.
Select top senior cadets may even earn the chance to represent Canada on the world stage by participating in an international exchange.
Most importantly, Air Cadets aids in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy. The cadet program focuses on social development, decision-making and leadership. As cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they pass it along to younger cadets.
Every cadet will have the chance to participate in flight activities, and some top senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence. Whether earning a glider pilot licence or private pilot licence, these cadets wear their wings with a pride rarely found in today’s youth.